Icers Complete Weekend Sweep With 6-2 Win

A balanced offensive attack that included goals from four freshmen paced the No. 3 Wolverines past Boston U. for the second straight night with a 6-2 win to improve to 5-1-0 on the new season. Goalie Billy Sauer lowered his GAA to 2.50 with 22 saves.

ANN ARBOR -- Behind six goals from six different Wolverines, the No. 3-ranked Michigan ice hockey team (5-1-0, 2-0-0) completed a weekend sweep of the Boston Terriers (0-4-1, 0-1-0) on Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.

Four freshmen opened the scoring, and goalie Billy Sauer turned aside 22 Terrier shots to lower his goals against average to 2.50 through six games of the Michigan schedule.

"Boston University is a team to contend with in Hockey East. They're going to be in the top two or three in that conference," Michigan coach Red Berenson said after the game. "I thought we got away with a game last night that on another night we could have lost. Then tonight we came back and had a better game."

Forty-two seconds into the game the Wolverines scored the games first goal. While the Maize and Blue controlled the puck deep in the BU zone, forward Ben Winnett made his way into the Terrier slot. Alternate captain Tim Miller found Winnett in the slot, and the freshman from Canada roofed the puck past the blocker of Boston goalie Karson Gillespie.

"They knew they didn't play as well last night, and they knew the first shift was important. The start of the game is all preparation. It's about the bounce of the puck, winning the face-off, and making a good couple of plays. It's a good start."

Max Pacioretty made it 2-0 with his first career goal just 1:43 later. Converting with Michigan's power-play goal of the weekend, Pacioretty's quick snap shot from between the circles beat Gillespie on the glove side.

"It is such a relief. I had a feeling I was going to get it tonight. I had a good feeling in warm ups. Everyone kept saying 'give Max the puck' in practice, so I just had a feeling all day that it was going to happen tonight," said Pacioretty, who had family in from Connecticut this weekend.

Unlike last night, the Wolverines held an edge in shots through the first 20 minutes of play.

Boston made it 2-1 with just four-seconds left on the clock in a Kevin Porter penalty to open the second period. Skating behind his own net to corral a loose puck, goalie Billy Sauer lost his balance creating an open net opportunity for the Terriers.

Michigan answered, however, with their second power-play goal of the game, a breakaway goal by freshman Carl Hagelin after a full length of the ice tape-to-tape pass from Mark Mitera.

"I don't think we were expecting to score six goals, but we were doing the little things right, so it paid off," Mitera said.

Louie Caporusso, Travis Turnbull and Chad Kolarik would all add goals in the third period for the Wolverines. Boston added one final goal with just over six seconds left on the game clock.

The No. 3 Wolverines return to conference action next weekend with a two-game series against Nebraska-Omaha at the Quest Center in Omaha, Neb. Friday night's schedule start time is 8:05 p.m. CSTV will provide television coverage.

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